Premier Health providers answer frequently asked questions about stroke.

What is a transient ischemic attack (TIA)?

A transient ischemic attack, or a TIA, can serve as a warning that the patient may have a stroke. A TIA is characterized by a sudden onset of neurological symptoms that resolve on their own. A further workup does not show any kind of stroke in the brain. This usually indicates that the patient had neurologic symptoms from a temporary lack of blood flow to the brain.

It is very important that patients seek emergency medical attention following a TIA, because a high percentage of these patients can go on to have a stroke in the next two days. Patients who experience a TIA need an evaluation and diagnostic testing to minimize the risk of a subsequent stroke.

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Source: Bryan Ludwig, MD, Clinical Neuroscience Institute; John Terry, MD, Clinical Neuroscience Institute; Elizabeth Marriott, MD, Clinical Neuroscience Institute

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